MOSCOW, February 28 (R-Sport) – Second seed Rafael Nadal shot into the quarterfinals of an ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, eliminating Argentinian qualifier Martin Alund on Thursday.
Nadal met almost no resistance in the first set, but had to save three break points in the second to gain a 6-0, 6-4 win.
The Spaniard, who won the tournament in 2005, will now face Argentinian world No. 77 Leonardo Mayer, who knocked out Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-2.
It is Nadal’s third tournament after a seven-month layoff with a knee injury. He reached the final of the Chile Open before grabbing his 51st career title in Sao Paolo.
Top seed David Ferrer, meanwhile, also had little trouble clearing the second-round hurdle, as he blazed past Wayne Odesnik of the United States 6-2, 6-1.
Ferrer, the champion for the last three years, will play Italy’s 57th-ranked Paolo Lorenzi in the quarterfinals.
Elsewhere, Nicolas Almagro, seeded third, scraped past his compatriot Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-6(4) to book a quarterfinals encounter with eighth seed Horacio Zeballos of Argentina.
The last quarterfinals pair features two unseeded players, Italy’s world No. 43 Fabio Fognini and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, ranked 66th in the world.
The Acapulco tournament is a clay-court event. It offers a $1.2 million prize fund for the men, while for the women it is a lowly WTA International event offering prize money of $235,000.